How to Create a Mold for Candles

Many common household items can be used for candle molds. This is a very inexpensive way to make candles.


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    Save heavy cardboard type containers. Useful types of cardboard include a Pringles can, Chinese take-out containers, or waxed milk cartons. Make sure that the cardboard is coated with wax in some way... regular cardboard will absorb the melted wax and become a fire hazard, not to mention a mess.
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    Wipe the inside of the container with a damp paper towel to remove any food residue.
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    Attach your wick to the center of the inside of the container. You can use a little scotch tape to do this. Also a good way to attach the wick is to melt a space for it when the candle is done and put the wick in.
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    Lay a pencil (or similar object) across the top of the container and tape your wick to it, so that the wick is centered in the container.
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    Pour a little bit of melted wax in the container and wait a few seconds to make sure the container isn't going to leak.
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    Pour the wax into the container almost to the top. Reserve a little wax for topping up, as the wax shrinks into the center as it cools.
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    Wait several hours or overnight for the wax to cool and harden.
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    Let the candle cool. When the candle is cool, peel the container away.
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  • You can also use a muffin tray for a mold. Once the wax has set and cooled, bang the tray upside-down on a counter to get the cute little candles out.
  • You can also use old unused tea cups as moulds.
  • Silicone cupcake cases work well; they prevent sticking. For interest, try using fun-shaped ones for a different effect.
  • You can also use frozen juice cans (the cardboard type) as a mold, as well as oatmeal boxes, cardboard egg containers-please do not use the Styrofoam type. You can also use larger tomato cans for a large pillar and you can use a spray type of oil i.e: Pam to use as a release for your molds if you don't want to pay for 'mold release'.


  • Using crayons to color your candle may cause your wick to plug and the result will be a candle that does not burn properly and could even cause a fire. There are many good Internet sites where you can buy candle wax, candle coloring and other additives to increase the chances of making an attractive and safe candle.
  • Paraffin as well as soy and other waxes are very flammable. Never melt any wax directly over fire or heat. Always use a double boiler. A coffee can set in a pan water that is on the heat will work in a pinch but it is much safer to use one pan with a handle set in a pan of water.
  • Place plenty of newspaper under your project in case of spilled wax. And be careful because melted wax can burn your skin.

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